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Pentagon needs rationale for hiring civilian leaders, GAO says

Consistent documentation of reviews of war zone workforce should be reported to Congress, auditors concluded.

From Nextgov.com: Agencies slow to respond to requests for contractor data

Some have refused FOIA requests to disclose ratings information.

Lewis blasts Senate GOP's rumored omnibus

Move could signal a rift between Republican purists and pragmatists.

Analysis: The buck stops with program managers

Reining in costs and schedules takes more than technical knowlege, it also requires cross-functional leadership.

Union president William Dougan said the MSPB decision reaffirms veterans preference in hiring.

Federal Career Intern Program on thin ice

Excepted service hiring authority violates veterans preference regulations, MSPB says.

Powerful Senate Democrats and Republicans back earmarks

Appropriations Chairman Inouye and Senate Minority Leader McConnell support the practice of directing spending.

Divided 112th Congress likely to struggle with budget and spending process

President Obama's deficit commission could help Republicans and Democrats find common ground, observer notes.

Partnership for Public Service’s Max Stier says hiring the wrong person wastes time and resources.

Hiring reform could reverse attrition of new employees

Improved assessments and welcome programs are keys to retaining talent, observers say.

Defense bans contractors from interrogating detainees

Draft rule implementing a 2010 Defense Authorization Act provision includes a waiver for national security.

From Nextgov.com: Detaching IT security officers would harm cybersecurity, CIOs warn

Proponents back legislation to give chief information officers autonomy to better enforce federal network security management.